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West Bank: Water Supply

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14321, tabled on 17 March 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports of the (1) blocking of a road, and (2) destruction of a water line, serving two Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills.

Answered on

30 March 2021

We continue to engage frequently with the Israeli authorities on issues affecting Palestinians, including demolitions and restrictions on movement and access. Our Ambassador in Tel Aviv has raised ongoing demolitions with the Israeli Authorities, most recently in a meeting alongside like-minded partners on 25 February. The Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa called on Israel to stop demolitions on 5 February 2021 and raised his concerns about the demolitions of Palestinian structures with the Israeli Ambassador on 29 October 2020. The UK has raised Israeli restrictions on freedom of movement and access into and out of the OPTs with the Israeli authorities and stressed the urgent need for Israel to take immediate and practical measures to ensure fair distribution of water in the West Bank.